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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Feb 28, 2011 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: GD stage banter trivia question

"Second set we bring out the monkeys"

What night? Well, I've only ever heard it once, but what do I know...

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 28, 2011 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

yah, def an easy one if you're '69 aficionado... and this one immortalized on So Many Roads too...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 28, 2011 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

2/27/69

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Feb 28, 2011 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

'Cause you just know that, or were you listening to it yesterday?

EDIT: And in your opinion, is "monkeys" capitalized?

This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2011-03-01 03:29:39

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 28, 2011 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

As far as stage banter goes, that one was too easy!

I don't think monkeys get capitalized. Weir was referring to a chimp act.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 28, 2011 9:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

On 11/21/70 the Dead actually were preceded by a trained-chimp act. Ned Lagin reports that the audience was quite hostile towards them, which distressed the chimps.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 28, 2011 9:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

LOL! It was always so rough to be the Dead's opening act. Even if you were a chimp.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 28, 2011 10:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

Ned Lagin:
"The opening act was a chimp act - a regular, straight, vaudeville kind of chimp act, with three or four chimps riding little bicycles around the stage in hats and little vests, some wearing holsters with cap-gun six-shooters which they fired, waving American flags and smoking cigars. The audience had a rather hostile response to the whole act - remember, it was a counterculture, anti-war crowd. My response was to feel sorry for the chimps, who became increasingly confused and scared...without knowing the reason why the audience was so hostile. So half of me was excited about getting ready to play, and half of me already was put off by an audience that could be so self-absorbed and self-righteous. I thought the chimps deserved our sympathy and understanding."

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 28, 2011 11:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

Awwwww. Now I feel sorry for the chimps, too! They didn't know they were capitalist warmongers.

They were just a few years too early. Flag wavers would have worked better as an opener for this show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-02-21.sbd.miller.111120.flac16

Seriously, were the Dead preceded at other times by circus-type acts? I think the Karamazov Brothers were openers or on stage during 3/28/81. But particularly earlier on, did they have other bizarre opening acts?

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Mar 1, 2011 5:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

I don't know if the Dead had any other circus type acts but I do remeber a pyschedelic juggler opening for the Starship. He had all sorts of nutty things to juggle w/ then he would go black light and his stuff was all day-glow. I know his first name is Jay and then years later I saw this guy opening for David Gillmore on the Peir in N.Y.
It was said the Gillmore experience needed more night sky so they used this guy as a time filler.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 1, 2011 7:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

I think I'd have left after the psychedelic juggler. Why is it that the Airplane was so great and the Starship was so insanely boring? A true mystery. (But then, there was Wings ... maybe there was some kind of Boringness Flu that was going around. You were only susceptible if you'd once been great.)

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Poster: snori Date: Mar 1, 2011 1:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

Things went downhill for the chimps after that night - they tried to stay in show business, but all they could get was occasional poorly paid and humiliating appearances in adverts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq6KYdQnPHk&;feature=related

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 28, 2011 7:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD stage banter trivia question

"second set we bring out The Monkees"

that's just wrong